Settling in and living in Germany

Bildungspartnerschaft Afrika Enlarge image (© Eric Miller) Of course, you need more than just a job to get to settle into life in Germany in all senses of the word. The Internet pages listed here offer advice on finding accommodation, the medical care system, having your driving licence recognised, sending your children to school, and much more besides.

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Language and culture

The German language in particular is a key that will open many doors for you. Courses in the German language are offered by the Goethe-Institut in many countries.

The Goethe-Institut also offers subject-specific German language courses in Germany.

With the support of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees you can acquire more knowledge about the German language, culture and legal landscape by attending an integration course.

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Living in Germany

You will find practical tips to help you find your feet in Germany in this handbook by the Federal Government.


Accommodation, health insurance and childcare

Advice on looking for accommodation, health insurance, childcare and more besides is offered on the Internet pages of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.


Driving licences

EU citizens are not required to have their driving licences recognised or converted. In the majority of cases, driving licences acquired abroad by citizens from non-EU countries become invalid when living in Germany for longer than six months. Citizens from non-EU countries should therefore ensure that their licences are converted before this deadline – six months after registering in Germany – elapses.

For citizens from non-EU states, this means that they are required to pass a theoretical and practical exam. Exceptions apply for certain US states and other countries with which Germany has concluded corresponding agreements.

Please ensure that you clarify the applicable provisions with your driving licence issuing office at your place of residence in Germany in good time.

Settling in and living in Germany

Many Germans engage in voluntary work on behalf of children and young people

Modern life in Germany

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On its “Modern life” page, the Goethe-Institut presents a selection of exciting developments that show Germany’s young and cosmopolitan face.